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A third of teens and young adults have self-harmed at some point in their lives, a new poll suggests. A survey of 1,000 16 to 25-year-olds from across the UK found that 36% had self-harmed. The poll, released by Self-Harm UK, The Mix and YoungMinds, also found that only 46%…
Wales has become the first country in the UK to introduce a nationwide ban on the intimate piercing of under-18s. The law, which comes into force on Thursday, makes it an offence for piercing practitioners to arrange or carry out an intimate piercing on anyone aged under 18. There are…
Loreburn Housing Association has been given the go-ahead by Dumfries and Galloway Council to redevelop the site of the former Garrick Hospital in Stranraer by building dementia-friendly housing alongside an innovative “youth foyer”. The proposals will see the creation of eight one-bed and four two-bed “extra care” dementia-friendly homes. New…
Researchers at the University of Exeter have launched the second phase of a national survey to help identify existing services and gaps in provision for young adults with Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder (ADHD). Once considered to be a condition restricted to childhood, there is clear evidence that ADHD persists into…
Young people are leading an in-depth Scottish Government study into child and adolescent mental health services. Between 15 and 20 people aged 14 and 22 will be recruited, from a variety of backgrounds, as part of the new youth commission on mental health services. It comes as mental health minister…
There are 100 more homeless children for every announcement the Government has made on homelessness since 2010, Labour has claimed. Shadow housing minister John Healey said the Government needed action and "not more warm words" to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said the Government had increased…
Britain is in a "spiral of division", with London providing greater opportunities for the disadvantaged than coastal, rural and former industrial areas which are "left behind economically and hollowed out socially", a report has found. The capital and its commuter belt resemble "a different country" in a "postcode lottery" in…
The number of young people contacting Childline about child sexual exploitation rose by a third last year. The charity delivered 3,122 counselling sessions to children and teenagers on the issue in 2016/17, up from 2,340 in 2015/16. Young people access the sessions by either ringing Childline, or contacting them online…
Around one in 10 females aged 16 to 19 were victims of domestic abuse last year, a survey has suggested. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) report on domestic abuse showed that 10.5% of 16 to 19-year-old females reported instances of abuse in the 12-month period to March…
Most young disabled adults have felt lonely at some point in the past year, a survey has suggested. The results expose what a disability charity has described as "the hidden reality of many disabled people's lives". Three quarters of working age disabled people, and 85% of young disabled adults (aged…
Edge Hill University has received funding from the National Institute for Health Research to review the provision of respite care for young adults with life limiting conditions or complex needs. The research team, led by Sally Spencer, Professor of Clinical Research in the University’s Postgraduate Medical Institute, has received £168,554…
A former Crown Office boss is to lead a task force set up to prevent sexual crime involving young people. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said Catherine Dyer would bring a "wealth of experience" as he announced the appointment to MSPs at Holyrood. The expert group was created in response to…
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